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Planeta Océano: protecting the Giant Manta

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Project begin: 01/02/2002

Planeta Océano involves local communities living along the Peruvian coast in marine conservation – research, awareness and sustainable development initiatives – with impressive results.

Leading organisation: Planeta Océano
The country where the team is based: Peru
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development, Hydrology, Local and Indigenous Knowledge, Ocean
Sub-themes: Climate change, Climate change, Coastal resource management, Environment, Environment, Knowledge sharing, Knowledge sharing, Natural resource management, Natural resource management, Ocean education, Participatory science/citizen science, Participatory/citizen science, Poverty and inequality reduction, Poverty and inequality reduction, Protecting marine ecosystems, Resources management, Sustainable lifestyles, Sustainable lifestyles, Sustainable living, Waste management, Waste management, Waste management
Selection: 2020/2021
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To bring together local citizens and fishermen to protect the giant manta ray and its marine ecosystem, Kerstin Forsberg co-founded Planeta Océano. Committed to citizen science and participative research, the programme unites local volunteers to study local ecosystems and marine species – from manta rays and sawfish to protected marine areas.

With a strong focus on education, Planeta Océano created the Marine Educators Teacher Network, which is already supported by more than 50 schools. Planeta Océano also fosters environmental entrepreneurship to drive eco-tourism, as an alternative source of income for fishermen and local artisans.

A multi-disciplinary approach

To date, Planeta Océano has reached more than 500,000 people and engaged 12 communities in northern Peru. 400 citizen scientists have developed 20+ environmental projects including monitoring fishing and replanting mangroves. Concentrated in Peru, the projects are scaling up internationally through collaborative research across the Eastern Pacific region and the Connecting Schools program, which looks far beyond the country’s national borders.

Bringing together citizens, the government and researchers, this participative approach is making a big impact. The biggest success so far? Achieving the implementation of legislation to protect the giant manta ray and saw fish.

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